Cajun Country: Land That I Love

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This is the autobiography of pen-and-ink artist Floyd Sonnier of Lafayette, Louisiana. Written and illustrated by Mr. Sonnier, the book tells the story of growing up as a French-speaking Cajun in south Louisiana in the 1940s and ’50s. The book – which took some 10 years to write and 35 years to illustrate – recounts the way life was for him and his family growing up in a culture whose first language was French, whose religion was Catholic, and whose livelihood was the family farm. The combination of intimate first-person stories and detailed drawings of scenes from days gone by creates an insightful, refreshing new view of a colorful era in south Louisiana history. The text is presented in both English and French. This art book contains 124 drawings.

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FLOYD SONNIER (1933-2002), known to many as "The Artist of the Cajuns," was a lifelong resident of the Cajun Country of south Louisiana. An internationally acclaimed pen-and-ink artist, he graduated in commercial art from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette in 1961 after serving a brief stint in the U.S. Army. In a prolific career that spanned a quarter of a century, he specialized in drawings that depict life in the old-time Cajun culture, particularly scenes set in the first half of the Twentieth Century.

A native of the Pointe Noire community near Church Point, La., he was married to Verlie Gay of Church Point in 1965. They have four children, Gil, Mark, Tim and Annette.

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Text: English, French

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